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Are you suffering from Chronic Pain?

Pain is a feeling set off in the nervous system. Acute pain lets you know that you may be injured or have a problem you need to take care of. Chronic pain is different. The pain signals go on for weeks, months, or even years. The original cause may have been an injury or infection. There may be an ongoing cause of pain, such as arthritis or cancer. But in some cases there is no clear cause.

Problems that cause chronic pain include

Chronic pain usually cannot be cured. But treatments can help. They include medicines, acupuncture, electrical stimulation and surgery. Other treatments include psychotherapy, relaxation and meditation therapy, biofeedback, and behavior modification.

NIH: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Symptoms of Chronic Pain

The following features are indicative of Chronic Pain:
  • any pain lasting more than 12 weeks
  • initial injury
  • illness
  • fatigue
  • sleep disturbance
  • decreased appetite
  • mood changes
References: 1

Common Causes of Chronic Pain

The following are the most common causes of Chronic Pain:
  • severe headache
  • migraine
  • low back pain
  • neck pain
  • knee pain
  • shoulder pain
References: 2, 3

Other Causes of Chronic Pain

The following are the less common causes of Chronic Pain:
  • finger pain
  • hip pain
References: 2, 3

Risk Factors for Chronic Pain

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Chronic Pain:
  • psychosocial factors associated with the injury

Prevention of Chronic Pain

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Chronic Pain. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • exercise regularly
References: 4

Occurrence of Chronic Pain

Degree of Occurrence

The following are the number of Chronic Pain cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Very common > 10 Million cases

Common Age Group

Chronic Pain can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Chronic Pain can occur in any gender.
References: 4, 5

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Chronic Pain

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Chronic Pain:
  • no particular tests to measure or location pain
References: 1, 4

Doctor for Diagnosis of Chronic Pain

Patients should visit the following specialists if they have symptoms of Chronic Pain:
  • Anesthesiologist
  • Clinical psychologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Nurse practitioner

Complications of Chronic Pain if Untreated

Yes, Chronic Pain causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Chronic Pain is left untreated:
  • can be fatal
References: 6

Procedures for Treatment of Chronic Pain

The following procedures are used to treat Chronic Pain:
  • Surgery: To reduce disease related pain
References: 7

Self-care for Chronic Pain

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Chronic Pain:
  • Do rest: Helps relieving stress-induced pain
References: 8

Alternative Medicine for Treatment of Chronic Pain

The following alternate medicine and therapies are known to help in the treatment or management of Chronic Pain:
  • Do meditation: Helps in coping with pain
  • Do tai chi therapy: Helps in coping with pain
  • Use acupuncture therapy: Helps to relieve symptoms
References: 9, 10

Patient Support for Treatment of Chronic Pain

The following actions may help Chronic Pain patients:
  • Join Interdisciplinary Pain Program: Share the same beliefs and mission helps reducing pain
  • Pain rehabilitation centers: Helps managing pain
References: 11

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References

  1. NIH Chronic Pain: Symptoms, Diagnosis, & Treatment https://medlineplus.gov/magazine/issues/... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  2. Americal Academy of Pain Medicine AAPM Facts and Figures on Pain http://www.painmed.org/patientcenter/fac... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  3. Michael Sullivan, PhD, Peter Rothfels, MD, ASAM Identifying and managing modifiable risk factors for chronic pain and disability http://www.bcmj.org/worksafebc/identifyi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  4. Wikipedia Chronic pain https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_pa... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  5. NIH Chronic Pain: In Depth https://nccih.nih.gov/health/pain/chroni... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  6. Fine PG. Long-term consequences of chronic pain: mounting evidence for pain as a neurological disease and parallels with other chronic disease states. Pain Med. 2011;12(7):996-1004. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2175... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  7. Mayo Clinic Back pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  8. Mayo Clinic Knee pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  9. Mayo Clinic Treating pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/treating-pain-... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  10. Mayo Clinic Back pain http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  11. American Chronic Pain Association Pain Management Programs https://www.theacpa.org/Pain-Management-... - Accessed: February 20, 2017.
  12. Source: https://medlineplus.gov/chronicpain.html

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This page was last updated on 10/07/2018.
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